Saying she is working to make a difference for the people she serves, Senator Catharine M. Young officially announced she is seeking re-election to the New York State Senate in the 57th District, which encompasses Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and half of Livingston counties.
Senator Young is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform parties. She has reached a top leadership post as the first in history woman Senate Finance Committee Chair, giving Western New York clout that they haven’t seen for decades. The 11-year incumbent said her priorities are job creation, economic revitalization and tax relief so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
“I love my district and work hard to be in touch with the people I serve every day. That’s why I have stood up for our region and fought for our fair share from Albany. We have delivered millions of dollars to create jobs and invest in our local economy, and develop the workforce so people can have the skills they need to be successful. We created the property tax cap that has put the brakes on runaway tax hikes, invested record amounts to protect the STAR program, and restored the property tax rebate program to ease the burden on middle-income families and senior citizens,” she said.
“Our children need to have world class learning opportunities, and that is why we secured record school aid and successfully fought to eliminate the destructive gap elimination adjustment that robbed funding from our schools,” she said.
Senator Young said she has been at the forefront of combating the heroin and opioid epidemic, a crisis that is ripping apart families and communities, and destroying lives. “My comprehensive plan expands prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement, and offers people the help they need and law enforcement the tools necessary to stop the heroin plague at its source,” she said.
The Senator said she also is fighting to restore integrity to Albany. “I am leading the efforts on several reforms, and voted to strip taxpayer-funded pensions from politicians convicted of corruption. Also, we passed a measure to empower the voters to recall scandal-plagued elected officials,” she said.
Senator Young has prioritized access to quality healthcare, and delivered more than $95 million to her local hospitals just this year. “Our people need and deserve to have lifesaving technology and facilities close to their communities. The progress we are making will make have a profound and positive impact on countless lives,” she said.
“Working to improve the quality of life for the people in my district is my passion, and we have made great progress. My goal is to keep up the fight, and I am grateful for the faith and trust voters have put in me. I look to continuing my work so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” she said.